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Spring Training Today: Let the games begin

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff March 2, 2012 03:35 PM
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As the focus of training camp transitions to playing exhibition games, the Red Sox prepared for their college doubleheader Saturday against Northeastern and Boston College. The Grapefruit League season kicks off Sunday vs. the Minnesota Twins.

Manager Bobby Valentine offers his assessment of camp now that the daily drills have ended and the spring games are about to get under way. The Globe's Steve Silva reports from JetBlue Park.

Spring Training Today: Jason Varitek says goodbye

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff March 1, 2012 07:31 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In this episode of Spring Training Today, former Red Sox captain and catcher Jason Varitek announces his retirement from baseball at JetBlue Park.

Spring Training Today: Kalish working his way back

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 29, 2012 02:32 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In this episode of Spring Training Today, Nick Cafardo has news and notes from Sox camp, plus Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish talks about working his way back from shoulder surgery.

Spring Training Today: The Varitek effect

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 28, 2012 02:59 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In this episode of Spring Training Today, Peter Abraham has news and notes from Sox camp, plus Red Sox players Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, and Josh Beckett share their thoughts about playing with former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek.

Spring Training Today: Henry, Werner, Lucchino land at JetBlue Park

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 25, 2012 12:23 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In this episode of Spring Training Today, Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and team president Larry Lucchino arrived in Fort Myers before the team's first full-squad workout and addressed a number of topics regarding the Olde Towne Team including the 2011 collapse, the luxury tax and its effect on spending, the direction the club is heading in 2012, and whether the Liverpool soccer team has become more important to the organization than the baseball operation.

Calling 2012 "a new chapter," the ownership group plans to be more present this season as the team looks to rebound from last September's historic collapse.

Henry confirmed he has spoken with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who reached out to the Red Sox owner after he left the team, but did not hear back from him until recently.

Henry said he plans to apologize to outfielder Carl Crawford for critical remarks Henry made about the Crawford signing in a radio interview last October.

Lucchino also said the franchise collectively "has something to prove in 2012."

Spring Training Today: Carpenter on board, Beckett throws BP, and Bobby V rides

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 24, 2012 02:11 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In this episode of Spring Training Today, Peter Abraham has the news and notes from JetBlue Park where newly-acquired reliever Chris Carpenter arrived to join his new teammates and veteran righthander Josh Beckett threw in live batting practice.

And we've got footage of Bobby V riding his bike into JetBlue Park this morning as well as some soundbites of the day's events from the Red Sox manager.

Spring training today: A strong bullpen

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 23, 2011 02:36 PM

In today's Spring Training Today, Chris Gasper has news and notes from Sox camp, and Nick Cafardo joins Chris as they analyze the Red Sox' revamped bullpen.

Spring Training Today: Francona and Epstein on the same page

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 22, 2011 01:56 PM
Today's edition of our daily spring training video report focuses on the working relationship between Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, a new-school baseball analyst, and field manager Terry Francona, an old-school baseball guy.

Peter Abraham and Chris Gasper discuss that topic as well as other story lines from camp.

Spring Training Today: Gonzalez gets in the swing of things

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 21, 2011 02:32 PM
The big news from Fort Myers today concerned Adrian Gonzalez taking some swings well ahead of schedule as he rehabs from offseason shoulder surgery. Christopher L. Gasper and Peter Abraham discuss what it all means, and how soon Gonzalez may see real action this spring, in today's edition of Spring Training Today.

Spring Training Today: Are the Red Sox starters the best in baseball?

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 20, 2011 02:09 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, we've got all the news and notes from the Red Sox player development complex where the team had their photos taken in their home white uniforms and participated in live batting practice for the first time since camp opened. NESN play-by-play man Don Orsillo checked in to talk about the Red Sox starting pitching coming into the season and future Hall of Famer John Smoltz offered his take on where the Sox stand on the mound coming into a season filled with high expectations.

Spring Training Today: Full house in Fort Myers

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 19, 2011 01:54 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, we've got all the news and notes from the Red Sox player development complex where the team completed their first full squad workout. John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino paid a visit to camp and talked about the high expectations for this year's club, and the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy checked in to talk about the Red Sox ownership's legacy and the realistic expectations for the 2011 Sox.

Spring Training Today: Carl Crawford's a quick study

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 18, 2011 01:57 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. In today's episode of Spring Training Today, Christopher Gasper has the news and notes from the Red Sox player development complex. Red Sox manager Terry Francona talks about how much better it is to have Carl Crawford in his dugout rather than the opposition's dugout, Crawford talks about having two speedy weapons like him and Jacoby Ellsbury on the same team, and the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy joins Gasper to talk about Crawford and what his impact will be on the Red Sox this season.

Spring Training Today: Big Papi ready to contribute

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 17, 2011 03:22 PM

In today's edition of spring Training Today, David Ortiz talks about getting off to a fast start, Chris Gasper and Peter Abraham have news and notes from camp, plus Theo Epstein on the team he built.

Spring Training Today: Ellsbury, Dice-K ready to bounce back

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 16, 2011 03:35 PM
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In today's edition of Spring Training Today, Chris Gasper and Dan Shaughnessy have news and notes from Red Sox camp. Plus, both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jacoby Ellsbury are hoping to bounce back this season.

Spring Training Today: Forward thinking for Josh Beckett

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 15, 2011 02:51 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla. In today's episode of Spring Training Today, Christopher Gasper has the news and notes from the Red Sox first workout for pitchers and catchers, Sox manager Terry Francona talked about starting camp and starting pitcher Josh Beckett, and the Globe's Nick Cafardo joins Gasper to talk about Beckett bouncing back from a rough season in 2010.

Spring Training Today: Lackey arrives at camp in great shape

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 14, 2011 02:56 PM
The start of spring training means the start of our daily video report from Fort Myers, Fla. The first installment of Spring Training Today is embedded here, featuring a look at starting pitcher John Lackey's improved physical condition and early arrival Kevin Youkilis taking some batting practice.

Spring Training Today will include a roundup of the day's top story lines as well as interviews, commentary and features. Christopher L. Gasper is the host, and reporters from the Globe will be daily guests. Dan Shaughnessy is today's guest.

The feature will run every day through Feb. 25. We've also created a special page to archive all the installments.

A few other Boston.com features worth pointing out:

As always, thanks for reading (and watching).

Spring Training Today: Dice-K, Paplebon, and more

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff March 1, 2010 02:35 PM
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In our final episode of Spring Training Today for 2010, Christopher Gasper has Monday's news and notes from a brisk session at the player development complex, Sox manager Terry Francona talks about closer Jonathan Papelbon's progress this spring, and Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy joins Gasper to talk about what we might expect to see from Papelbon this season.

Spring Training Today: The best Sox prospects

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 28, 2010 03:07 PM

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In this episode of Spring Training Today, Chris Gasper has news and notes from Sunday's workout and Terry Francona talks about one the the orginization's best prospects.

Spring Training Today: First things first for Lowell

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 27, 2010 02:12 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, we've got the latest news and notes as the relievers threw batting practice on a cold day that saw some rain in Fort Myers, Sox manager Terry Francona talks about the adjustments Mike Lowell would need to make in moving over to handle some first base duties, and Nick Cafardo checked in to talk about Lowell, and also gave us an update on the Rays and Twins.

Spring Training Today: How Francona handles the team

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 26, 2010 04:38 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Today's installment of Spring Training Today includes a rundown of the Red Sox' workouts before they headed off to play golf on Friday, and manager Terry Francona explained what he looks for from pitchers at this stage of the game at spring training. Also, host Steve Silva and analyst Peter Abraham discuss Francona's place in Red Sox history.

Spring Training Today: V-Mart and more

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 25, 2010 02:50 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, Christopher Gasper has today's news and notes from the first day of live batting practice in Fort Myers, Sox manager Terry Francona talks about stopping the opposing team's running game, and Amalie Benjamin joined Gasper to talk about Victor Martinez's role with the team.

Spring Training Today: How will Drew do?

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 24, 2010 02:17 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, Christopher Gasper has today's news and notes from the first day of full squad workouts in Fort Myers, Sox manager Terry Francona talks about the importance of outfielder J.D. Drew to the team, and Dan Shaughnessy gives his thoughts on how he thinks Drew will bounce back from shoulder surgery.

Spring Training Today: Lowell and behold

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 23, 2010 03:09 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, Christopher Gasper has today's news and notes from Fort Myers, Mike Lowell talks about being the odd man out in the Red Sox lineup, and Gasper and Amalie Benjamin discuss how long Mike Lowell will be in a Boston uniform.

Spring Training Today: Ortiz confident about bouncing back

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 22, 2010 03:16 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, Christopher Gasper has today's news and notes from Fort Myers, David Ortiz talks about bouncing back in 2010, and Nick Cafardo discusses how good Ortiz can be.

Spring Training Today: All about Beckett

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 21, 2010 01:46 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, Christopher Gasper has today's news and notes from Fort Myers, Dan Shaughnessy joins Gasper to talk about Beckett's future in Boston, and Beckett talks about how he won't be talking about his contract status in spring training.

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Spring Training Today: Theo on the Sox offense

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff February 20, 2010 02:04 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In today's episode of Spring Training Today, Christopher Gasper has today's news and notes from Fort Myers, Nick Cafardo has the latest on Jason Varitek, and Red Sox GM Theo Epstein talks about the new "balanced" Boston offense.

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Spring Training Today: Thursday, Feb. 18

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 18, 2010 05:28 PM

Boston.com columnist Christopher L. Gasper and Globe Red Sox beat writer Amalie Benjamin recap the day's news from Fort Myers, Fla., where pitchers and catchers reported to Red Sox training camp, along with several other players.

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Spring Training Today to debut this evening

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 18, 2010 10:39 AM

Spring Training Today, a video recap of the day's activity at Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., will debut this evening on Boston.com.

Globe reporters and columnists will provide an overview of what happens each day, as well as interviews and video footage of the activity.

Look for the videos to be posted by early evening every day -- including weekends -- from today through March 1.

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